All aboard who’s coming aboard! 6 yuletide train adventures for Houston-area locomotive lovers

Here are some seasonal celebrations railway enthusiasts can hop on board with.

The Christmas Train (The Christmas Train)

HOUSTON – Locomotive lovers, the season of lights, holiday shopping and caroling is almost upon us. Here are some upcoming yuletide train adventures to prepare for.

Trains over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

On view Nov. 20 through Jan. 3, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s annual spectacle in miniature features a detailed, tennis-court-size approximation of the Lone Star State packed with replicas of some of Texas' most iconic landmarks, including Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls. From Big Bend all the way to downtown Houston’s “Be Someone” sign, model trains zoom around the display, passing through oil country salt domes, prairies and the wetlands of the Texas coast. Along with an overview of the state’s rail history, the exhibit offers visitors a one-of-a-kind look at Texas' geology. Fun fact: Unsurprisingly, the exhibit is the largest indoor O-scale model railroad in Texas.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 20 through Jan. 2

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston

Details: $15-$25, “Trains Over Texas” included in price of general admission; (713) 639-4629, hmns.org

The Christmas Train at Victory Camp in Alvin

The Christmas Train chugs into Alvin Nov. 27, beginning another run of the popular holiday attraction. On this yuletide train, passengers will enjoy an eight-to 12-minute ride through a winter wonderland (a.k.a., Camp Victory) decorated with over 300,000 lights and hundreds of Christmas decorations including a gingerbread village display, penguin snow lands, and life-size storybook illustrations.

When: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 19-11 and 16-23

Where: Victory Camp, 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin

Details: $10-12; (281) 388-2267, thechristmastrain.com

Polar Express at the Galveston Railroad Museum

At select times through the end of December, railway enthusiasts can indulge in some yuletide train fun at the Galveston Railroad Museum’s annual Polar Express holiday event. First, swing by the museums at gander at dozens of trains decked out in holiday decorations and lights then hop aboard the event’s titular Polar Express for a 1-hour trip to meet Santa.

When: Select times through late December

Where: The Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston

Details: (409) 765-5700, galvestonrrmuseum.org

Old Time Christmas Tree farm train

The Old Time Christmas Tree Farm out of Spring offers some festive locomotive fun. Here you can hop aboard a miniature train and enjoy a ride through the Christmas tree fields.

When: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nov. 20 through late December

Where: Old time Christmas Tree Farm, 7632 Spring Cypress Road, Spring

Details: $3; (281) 370-9141, oldtimechristmastree.com

Holiday fun at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum

On any given day, here you can get a glimpse of Historic Rosenberg in miniature, explore a Missouri Pacific caboose, walk through a 19th-century rail car and more at this railroad museum. But come Saturday Dec. 18, you can also snag breakfast and snap some pics with Santa at the museum’s Breakfast With Santa event.

When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 28

Where: Rosenberg Railroad Museum, 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg

Details: $15-20; (281) 633-2846, rosenbergrrmuseum.org

Tomball’s Railroad Depot Plaza

Deck the Depot is one of the City of Tomball’s annual Christmas events. Held at the historic Depot Museum, the event will offer family-friendly games and entertainment. Oh, and the big man in red is scheduled to make an appearance.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 4

Where: 210 South Elm, Tomball

Details: Admission and parking are free

Searching for more family-friendly activities in and around Houston? Visit our Things To Do page.


About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.